Tag Archives | Giuseppe Verdi

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Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Gives a Haydn Masterpiece a Local Premiere

The programming of music by Haydn is unusual for The Philadelphia Orchestra. The choice is even more surprising coming from conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is more associated with modern compositions by composers like Mahler, Bruckner and Stravinsky. Yet Nézet-Séguin chose Haydn’s The Seasons to fill the entire program in his concerts of November 16, 17 […]

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Laural Merlington, Keith Baker, Nick Ullett. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Review: ‘Quartet’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre

Every few weeks we read in the news about the death, at 90+ years, of a beloved celebrity or artist. Someone always asks, “Whatever happened to them? I thought s/he was already dead.” What does happen to these people when they retire? And who better to answer this question than Sir Ronald Harwood, who began […]

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Review: ‘Norma’ at The Metropolitan Opera and Live in HD

The new Metropolitan Opera production of Norma, which opened the company’s season, is the most intimate presentation of Vincenzo Bellini’s classic that I’ve ever seen. Norma is an impressive monument and has been called “the Mount Everest of operas.” Yet director David McVicar sees it as a family story, and conductor Carlo Rizzi conducts it […]

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Review: ‘Aida’ at Washington National Opera

Eternal, romantic love conquers all — even a jealous rival — in Verdi’s ravishingly melodic Aida, now being presented by the Washington National Opera with splendid work from all involved. Verdi’s soaring yet sensitive music pervades this production and is the prime reason for attending; indeed, the interpretation of this glorious music by the cast […]

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Review: LiveConnections Presents Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley at World Cafe Live

LiveConnections Presents ended its sixth season with soprano Elizabeth Zharoff and double bassist Xavier Foley. This season was devoted to pairing musicians in order to stretch musical boundaries, and has resulted in some memorable programs, such as SYBARITE5 and Jakub Ciupinski, or Nicholas Photinos and Florent Ghys. Although both Zharoff and Foley are extraordinarily talented, […]

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The Washington Chorus: ‘The Essential Verdi’ at The Kennedy Center

The Washington Chorus, marking the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with a series of concerts, offered the sixth on Sunday evening, with a program of arias, scenes and choruses from his most popular operas and liturgical music conducted by Music Director Julian Wachner, and featuring 10 accomplished soloists. The concert opened with the storied “Va, pensiero” […]

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The Embassy of Italy presents National Chamber Ensemble The Italian Violin, from Baroque to the Nineteenth Century by Jane Coyne

In a wonderful evening of music hosted by the Embassy of Italy, National Chamber Ensemble performed a spectacular concert of Italian music featuring the artistry of NCE Artistic Director and violinist Leonid Sushansky and pianist Carlos Rodriguez. The program included works by Tartini, Porpora, Scarlatti, Nardini, Vitali, Paganini, Liszt, Bellini, and Verdi. Sushansky, in addition […]

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‘Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection’ at The Choral Arts Society of Washington at The Kennedy Center by Leslie Weisman

A sizable crowd at Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection greeted the Choral Arts Society of Washington’s performance of the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi and Take Him, Earth by composer Steven Stuckey: about 2,000 of the Concert Hall’s 2,400-some seats were occupied, with even the top-tier level offering visual evidence of audience presence at various points […]

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‘Rigoletto’ at The Lyric Opera by Amanda Gunther

The tragic beauty of one of Giuseppe Verdi’s finest opera takes the stage to conclude the 2012/2013 opera season at The Lyric Opera Baltimore. Celebrating Verdi’s bicentennial birthday it seems most fitting that Verdi’s finest tragedy, Rigoletto, be the production of choice. Directed by John Hoomes with Orchestral Conduction provided by Richard Buckley, this epic […]

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